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Geita Gold mine (GGM), Tanzania commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) and the Zara Tanzania Adventures officiated the 15th year of Kilimanjaro Challenge Flag-off at machame gate, in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region.

Former president of Tanzania Dr Jakaya mrisho kikwete

The Ceremony was officiated over the weekend by former president Jakaya kikwete in the presence of Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner, Said Mecki Sadiki and registers a 12bn/- record high raised to save those affected by the scourge.


Mr Kikwete hailed Geita Gold Mine (GGM) and Zara Tours for supporting government initiatives for the purpose of saving lives of Tanzanians with high demand of HIV and AIDS services. “The government and people of Tanzania are full of pride in this initiative.

Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) has been working closely with Geita Gold Mine and Zara Tours throughout the (15) years to ensure the purpose and objective of this noble fight is achieved,” said the retired president.

This year we mark the 15th historic climb of Mount Kilimanjaro with about 100 climbers, an initiative that is approaching 2,000 people from all across the world to have participated in Kilimanjaro Challenge.


Mr Kikwete expressed his happiness that Tanzania has come down from HIV/ AIDS infested level with double digits to a single digit, as of now the country is at 5.1 per cent. “We must be proud of the hard work done by TACAIDS and its associate partners and this has been possible through these kinds of innovative approaches… your devotion sends a message of care and love for those affected by, and living with HIV and AIDS in Tanzania,” he noted.

The former president said HIV/AIDS can be mitigated, that it is a complete national struggle but will take Tanzania to an ultimate success of seeing the country free of HIV/AIDS challenge. The Kili Challenge Committee has chosen the best and famous route – Machame that will take the climbers seven days to accomplish the task.

He urged everybody to play his/her part from family level, community, churches, and mosques and at workplaces and parents/ guardians should take time to teach their children about health and safe sex. Workers at their stations should also remind each other to avoid what could lead them contract the malady.


GGM Managing Director, Mr Terry Mulpeter said that every day the charity makes an impact to the surrounding communities and that funds raised are donated to more than 30 local NGOs, several government institutions and millions of Tanzanians were benefiting. “I am proud to announce that to date through Kili Challenge we have managed to raise over 5.5 million US dollars (12bn/-).

I thank the government for its support of the Kili Climb initiatives since its inception in 2002,” said Mr Mulpeter. This year, he said the climbers come from Tanzania, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. They are in two groups, to wit, climbers and cyclists. While climbers will trek to Uhuru Peak, cyclists will cycle at the base of the African highest mountain and finish at Mweka Gate.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge is an annual activity that aims to raise funds from different partners through sponsorship of climbers to Mount Kilimanjaro and to distribute the funds to relevant charities fighting HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.

Speaking during the official flag-off ceremony, vice president of Anglo Ashant simon shayo explained that the Kilimanjaro Challenge is an annual activity that aims to raise funds from different partners through sponsorship of climbers and to distribute the funds to relevant charities fighting HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. He further explained “This year’s climb began in Dar es salaam in early May where the minister of state, Union Affairs and environment, January Makamba, officially launched the beginning of this great journey of which today we are witnessing. The biggest message we take from this climb today is determination, Zeal and hope. These three can take us to a higher elevation in this fight. With the zeal, determination and hope you have shown us that Tanzania without HIV/AIDS is possible” he added

“ I therefore ask the expedition to go to Uhuru peak while up there loudly declare in and beyond that Tanzania without AIDS is possible, “ he added. “ As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the charity, we are proud to be joined by Mrisho Mpoto, a Tanzanian artist who has joined the kili challenge as our ambassador,” he explained.


About ZARA TOURS; ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German, French and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role. For more information please Email us: | |

About Geita Gold Mine: Geita Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AngloGold Ashanti Group, is the largest producer of gold in AngloGold Ashanti. The mine is located in Geita Town in northwestern Tanzania. Geita Gold Mine employs about 3,500 people, 96% are Tanzanian citizens. For more information visit:

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